Bakers across the nation are supporting hardworking NHS heroes by donating baked goods and meals, as well as taking part in the Clap for Carers campaign.
Here are a few examples of how the baking industry is showing support for the country’s healthcare workers.
The bakery turned on its blue lights last week to support the Clap for our Carers campaign and show appreciation for NHS staff.
Its Rudheath bakery will remain blue at night for the duration of the campaign.
All Robert’s bakery workers took a moment from the production line to show their respect, giving a round of applause.
“This is our way of showing our appreciation for NHS workers – heroes all – in difficult times for many people,” said Mike Roberts, deputy chairman at Roberts.
“The Clap for our Carers campaign has become a symbol of strength and unity in adversity and, by lighting up the bakery, we can demonstrate our support and remind everyone to keep clapping.”
Original Biscuit Bakers
Original Biscuit Bakers last week donated thousands of hand-decorated gingerbread biscuits to NHS workers, the homeless and those in food poverty via food redistribution charity City Harvest London and the non-profit Market Drayton Foodbank.
It also distributed 1,200 hand-iced, Easter-themed gingerbread biscuits to staff and patients at the Royal Stoke University Hospital through the University Hospital of North Midlands (UHNM) Charity.
“Due to the current health crisis, our stock levels were high and we could see an opportunity to donate to worthy causes, both locally and further afield,” said Sarah Hopcroft, sales and marketing director at Original Biscuit Bakers.
“We really hope our Easter gingerbread biscuits brought cheer and joy to those on the front line, as well as those struggling with homelessness and food poverty in such turbulent and difficult times.”
Ladurée is donating Easter Eggs, macarons and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to thank NHS staff for all their hard work.
The donations will be delivered via the Hospitality for Heroes charity to the Chelsea & Westminster and Royal London Hospitals.
Gail’s partnered with social club The Conduit and fashion brand Ralph Lauren to launch a nutritious food campaign for NHS staff.
Fuel for NHS Heroes has delivered 2,000 meals and more than 2,000 loaves of bread to frontline NHS health workers, said the company. It hopes to deliver 2,400 meals a week including bread, fresh salads and sausage rolls.
“We are open and baking to stay true to our purpose of feeding people, supporting our producer partners, keeping people in jobs and getting food to those who need it most,” said Tom Molnar, co-founder and CEO at Gail’s.
“From neighbourhood Gail’s bakeries, we are baking for takeaway service, home delivery and click-and-collect, and walking orders to those who may not be able to get down to the shops.”
Caption: NHS staff from Imperial Hospital London
Allied Bakeries is donating bread, pancakes, crumpets and hot cross buns to NHS Trusts and emergency services, including the police and fire service.
The bakery has delivered bread to Lister Hospital in Stevenage and care homes across Stoke, as well as pancakes to Coleraine Hospital in Belfast.
It has also donated to the Royal Alexandra, Queen Elizabeth University and Ruchill Hospitals in Glasgow.
All Allied sites were helping communities by showing thanks and support to those struggling to get to the shops and find produce after their shifts, said the company. Allied has also donated bread to food banks and continued its contribution to food waste charity FareShare.